Posted on February 14, 2015

As part of its ongoing efforts to open new markets for Qatari companies, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) provided support to eight Qatari companies specialized in the food production industry to take part in Gulfood 2015.Participation at Gulfood – the region’s premier food and hospitality exhibition -is an initiative of QDB’s export arm, Tasdeer.

The eight leading companies expressed their appreciation and deep gratitude for the support provided by the bank at this flagship event, which gave them the opportunity to meet key companies in the food sector in order to grow exports regionally and globally. The event was held at Dubai World Trade Centre from 8 to 12 February 2015.

From organic vegetables to dates, frozen meat, and olive oil, the companies showcased best-in-class Qatari products. The eight companies are: Qatar Food Factories, Qatar Tunisian food company, National food company (Doha Dates, Dandy Company Ltd, National food company (ZAD Holding), Qatar Flour Mills, Agrico Organic Farms and Colosseum Gelato. Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO of QDB, said: "Qatar Development Bank is an ardent supporter of Qatari exporters who want to reach new global markets. We regularly support national companies at premier trade events in strategic markets. This is our third consecutive year at Gulfood ,following the great success of last year’s participation, which resulted in approximately QAR 10 million in orders booked and we are confident this year’s edition will also lead to new business for Qatari exporters."

"Qatar Development Bank, through Tasdeer,remains firmly committed to expanding Qatar’s private sector and supporting the companies driving that growth. Today,we join our clients on their journey toward success through international events, exhibitions,strategic market research and promotion for Qatari exporters," he added.

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Hassan Khalifa Al Mansouri, Executive Director of Tasdeer, said:“We are pleased with the strong participation from Qatari companies, for the third consecutive year, at Gulfood 2015 - the world’s largest annual food and hospitality industry event. Our participation promotes trade cooperation between the Qatari market,Gulf markets and global markets, helping companies identify opportunities and make deals in new markets." He added: "Qatar Development Bank has contributed, through Tasdeer,to strengthening Qatari industries and opening new markets for them. Our participation at Gulfood complements these efforts. Attending such important events is part of our strategic approach to growing Made in Qatar exports and strengthening their presence in global markets".

The Qatari Pavilion at Gulfood, which served as home to the eight companies during the event, was marked by its distinctive design, modern interior and large area, as well as its strategic location. The Pavilion was packed with visitors eager to learn more about the food sector in Qatar. The Gulf Food Exhibition, known as Gulfood, is the largest annual food, beverage and hospitality industry event in the world. The exhibition is playing a vital role in linking food importers and exporters, suppliers and distributors around the world, and providing an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and products.

Gulfood 2015 received more than 85,000 industry visitors from more than 170 countries.